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Quite Bored...Survey!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bored at work, found a survey....going to do (You can tell I'm bored, as this is my 3rd blog of the day, lol.)

1.) What brings you the greatest joy?
~ The greatest? Don't know if I can pick. Listening to my girls laugh and have fun. Feeling the love I have for my husband. Camping. Seeing my Mom smile. can one pick the absolute greatest joy?

2.) What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
~Well, I love when Emma reminds me that we need to pray before we eat. We are raising her right!

3.) What is the best gift you've ever received?
~ My husband's wedding vows

4.) What charities do you support?
~I give regularly to Milwaukee rescue mission and St Jude's. We give annually to Operation Christmas Child. We also donate "stuff" that they need at the local Humane Society. Animals are my weakness!

5.) What is your greatest indulgence?
~Um..... are books an indulgence? In that case....books. i buy a TON (mostly used though...) of non-fiction books! I love learning.

6.) What is on your to-do list?
~cleaning....since I couldn't on Thursday when I planned to...due to crazy amounts of pain from a medical treatment. Laundry...need to wash all the camping laundry!

7.) What is on your bucket list?
~Travel (LOTS of it!). Seminary.

8.) What is on your bookshelf?
~Too much to list. I have about 60 books in a pile waiting to be read.

9.) Who is on your guest list at your dream dinner party?
~Perhaps the guys from Impractical Jokers, lol. I don't have a strong need to meet "important" or famous people. So just my husband and close friends and family, really!

10.) Who makes you laugh?
~ Lots of people. Mostly, hubby. Him and I are *always* laughing together.

11.) What makes you cry?
~My mom. My sisters. Child abuse. Animal abuse. A lot of things really...I cry a

12.) What item in your closet do you wear the most?
~My $8 "everyday" boots. Love them. they go with everything. Super comfy.

13.) What is your beauty secret?
~I have none, lol. It's painfully obvious, too.

14.) What splurge is well worht it?
~I don't splurge on much... but, definitely a good tent and good hiking boots.

15.) What do you never leave the house without?

16.) What is your favorite food?
~Probably a great big salad. I *love* salads. Burger, pizza, I dunno...I just really like eating. Ooh! Gourmet cheese, too!

17.) What movie has the greatest ending?
~Um....I like "The Break Up" with Vince Vaughn and Jen Aniston...because they don't get back together. It's finally not a cliche rom-com! Although, there are probably a ton of movies with a good ending....
Although, many movies have AWFUL endings. Twelve Years a Slave and American History X just upset me to the core at how they end!

18.) What song instantly puts you in a good mood?
~ Right now.... "Excursion Around The Bay"...just so fun. Plus Emma likes to sing it and it's awesome how she does.

19.) How did you make your first dollar?
~Chores. But after babysitting steadily from age 12.... I''ve had a job my whole life. (Not a big fan of people being handed things without having to work for them.)

20.) What is the best advice you've ever been given?
~Follow your instinct. (I have a disturbingly strong intuition about people and things. The few times I have ignored my gut...I've been burned.)

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NELLIEC 7/21/2014 5:13PM

    Some more blessings. I would add to the greatest gift is Jesus dying on the cross for you! I know that is my greatest gift!

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JAMBABY0 7/21/2014 4:42PM

    thanks for sharing

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Dry Needling and Bitterness

Monday, July 21, 2014

So I had my first dry-needling appointment on Thursday. They were hoping this would really jump start some healing in my neck/upper back/shoulders...and aid in the treatment of the daily headaches.

I confess...I had my hopes up a bit...which I should know better than to do. So I got to the appointment, a bit nervous about having needles repeatedly poked into tight muscles and knots to try and get them to release. (Husband likes to think I'm being tenderized like Pretty much!)

Anyways, the doc said that it would ache a bit, but not hurt much. He said it would definitely be easier than the Botox I'd gotten. (2 rounds for the migraines, folks....though it did in fact help the wrinkles as well, lol.) So that eased my nerves a bit. Until he started.... um OUCH! Apparently my muscles were such a mess, that this was unbelievably agonizing. I have a pretty high tolerance for pain... many people don't know how I even function at work with a migraine. (Dark office and ice packs between patients...not fun, but gotta do what ya gotta do!)

I made it through the appointment, but the tears started flowing as I walked back to my car. I just sat there and bawled. I was in sooo much pain. I drove to my sister's house since we were supposed to have lunch. (Shouldn't have been driving, couldn't turn my head, was in TERRIBLE pain....) I couldn't stop crying for like an hour! Eeek! So that lead to a migraine and terrible shoulder/neck pain for the rest of the day. I didn't want anyone to touch me. Hurt to move in ANY way. Couldn't lift anything. Friday my head was a little better, but I still couldn't lift anything (which make packing the truck up for camping a bit painful.) It eased up over the weekend, but is still tender!

So I have a physical therapy appopintment, and we will be discussing whether or not I will continue the dru needle treatments. (I hope not, but I will go if I have to. Seriously....desperate for some headache relief.)

I'm still carrying too much bitterness. Still so mad at God. I just look at my family and get upset. I see people saying that everything that happenes, God does for a blessing. Oh? Tell me how my mom's advanced Alzheimer's will EVER be a blessing?! Tell me how watching my sister slowly dying in front of me will be good for our family somehow? Explain how my sister's nasty heart condition is beneficial in any wya. Gah! I can't seem to get in a good place about any of these health issues in my family. :'( So I guess I will remain bitter and upset, while trying to process and pray. It's trying.

Luckily, I have a SWEET SWEET man by my side who understands when Im cranky from too much constant pain. A wonderful man who holds my hand when I need silent support. And a man willing to help my family just as much as I am. A man willing to stick by my side through anything! So blessed to have him! I can't imagine my life without him!

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NELLIEC 7/21/2014 5:08PM

    It is good you do have a blessing in your life!

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Family Camping - Pics!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Family Camping!!!!!

Daddy taking his girl out on a row boat!

He did a lot of boating! Loves being out on the water. Rented a kayak, canoe, row boat and paddleboat!

Me and my husband at the beach. Love this man!

We had a great time. Perfect weather for sitting at the beach! (And also fitting in a bunch of nice hikes!)

Playing some Badminton!

Waterfall hike! Wisconsin is beautiful!

We have a lot of fun hiking!

Such a good daddy. Love watching them together!


Emma sleeping....LOVE this picture! So sweet!

Paddle Boating!

This girl rocks at hiking. 3.5 mile strenuous, steep hilly, sandy hike!

Ok, we were pretty pooped after the big hike....

...trying to take a nice pic together by the fire...

...still trying....


It's no use...
lol, I LOVE this picture. This picture defines us. We are always laughing and just having fun together. I love this man so much!!!!


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BAREFITNESS 7/21/2014 2:27PM

    These are some awesome pics! looks like you guys are having so much fun :) I love camping, and man, flashbacks of home with all the green and water. I'm originally from the cornfields of IL, my parents live a short fifteen minute drive to the WI southern border. My family is big on camping and I'm homesick lol

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COOP9002 7/21/2014 11:31AM

    Looks like you folks had a great time. thanks for sharing the pics.

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MARTHA2779 7/21/2014 11:27AM

    What a great series of pics! I am working on convincing my husband to go camping soon this is motivating to try harder! Thank you for sharing.

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FANNYMANSON 7/21/2014 11:17AM

    Your family pic by the waterfall is terrific! All of them are good!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This has nothing to do with health, fitness or diet. I just came across it and loved it. It just shows how a different perspective can completely change the way you see something.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 7/17/2014 7:35AM

    That's the coolest blog I've seen in awhile! Thanks for sharing!

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ANGELNBLACK77 7/16/2014 11:56PM

    My saying on this is there's always more than one way to look at things and always more than one way to do things. :)

Thanks for posting.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So, I'm still miserable from the daily migraines. Life is KICKING my butt!!!!!! Still going to physical therapy twice a week and chiro once a week.....still hopeful it will eventually help. I start dry-needling on Thursday. I'm a little nervous (who likes being stuck repeatedly in the same area with needles?!) But, at this point 'Im willing to try anything! I'm just a bit nervous, because we leave to go camping Fri morning, so I'm hoping it doesn't leave me with a worse than usual headache.

I also mentioned two weeks ago about having some hurts. If you know me at all, you know I'm a devout Christian. I spend hours a week in the Bible and bible studies, etc etc. Church, prayer, etc are just a part of me.

I've been so mad at God lately....but I assumed I was just having a "hissy fit." I've been going to church again, but I noticed something that makes me think this "hissy fit" is a much deeper hurt and bitterness. I sit in church...and I just cry....through the service. I attend, I listen, I learn...but I just cry.

Typically, I have only listened to Christian music for the past MANY years....all I want to accomplish by listening to worshipping Him. But, I can't listen to it right makes me cry. And typically, bawling while driving with a pounding headache is not safe. So, I'm not sure what my plan is for working through these emotions..... Christian counseling? Secular counseling? Just time? Who knows.....

So...that's life.

On a side mom is just so freakin' adorable! She's gotten a LOT worse after her seizure in fall.....but it's MUCH better for her. She's completely gone. There's no trace of my mom left. But, it's good in that she isn't scared anymore. She used to spend all day crying and upset. She knew she had Alzheimer's, but still experienced all the memory loss issues. Now, no more crying or fear. She just smiles.

She's like a little toddler when we go for a walk. Enthralled by a leaf, a bug, or sometimes something that only she can see. It is adorable. Everyone at the camp ground (where the spend their summer) loves her. She's no longer afraid of strangers. She doesn't speak, which is hard. I haven't heard a word from her in almost a year. But the point is, she's doing worse, but it's better. And she is soooooo stinkin' cute!


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NELLIEC 7/16/2014 3:49PM

    It might be good to start with Christian counseling. If the counselor doesn't feel he or she can deal with it, then they should recommend some other counselor. I know that about 25 years ago when I was in my forties, issues came up from my childhood that I had been totally unaware of, but I am very glad that I worked through those.

Perhaps it might be best to play the music at a time when you are not engaged in an activity where you need to pay attention to the activity. Then you could see what might be prompting the tears, and see if any old memories come up.

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/16/2014 12:52AM

    I am so sorry you continue to be plagued by headaches. What an awful feeling. I get them once in a while and usually when I stressed out about something.You have a plan and that's good.I keep praying for you to get rid of those headaches as soon as possible. emoticon

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